21st Century Community Learning Centers

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The process to apply for the 2018 21st Century Community Learning Centers grants will be open January 2018, if funding is available. The 2017 documents below will be updated at that time.

2017 21st CCLC Grant Application
Notice of Intent to Apply Online Guidelines

21st CCLC Non-Regulatory Guidance

The 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program is to establish or expand community learning centers that provide students with academic enrichment opportunities along with activities designed to complement the students’ regular academic program.

Centers provide a range of high-quality services to support student learning and development, including tutoring and mentoring, homework help, academic enrichment (such as hands-on science or technology programs), and community service opportunities, as well as music, arts, sports and cultural activities.

Centers must provide academic enrichment activities to students that attend high-poverty or Title 1 school-wide schools to help them meet state and local standards in core subjects especially reading, and mathematics. At the same time, centers help working parents by providing a safe environment for students when school is not in session.


Eligible applicants are those who primarily serve students and the families of the students of high poverty schools. 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program must be located in public school facilities or in facilities that are at least as available and accessible to the students to be served as if the program were located in a public elementary, middle, or secondary school. Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the statutory program requirements of serving students from schools eligible for school-wide Title I programs or schools with 40% or greater poverty based upon free and reduced lunch as determined using verified information.

2017 21st CCLC Reviewer Application
Reviewer Application Reviewer Rubric

The state will use a peer review process to evaluate and score applications for 21st Century Community Learning Centers grants. Therefore, we are seeking qualified individuals with diverse expertise, geographic location, gender, racial and ethnic representation to participate as evaluators in the peer review process for the 21st CCLC grants. Examples of individuals sought include (but are not limited to): experts in extended learning and out-of-school time practices, teachers, principals, youth development experts and practitioners, community and youth service providers, representatives of faith-based organizations, private-sector individuals involved in education, local and civic leaders, representatives from foundations and other charitable organizations, and college and university staff. At this time we are only accepting applicants that are South Dakota residents.

Documents & Useful Links
2014-2015 21st CCLC Program Evaluation
2014-2015 Executive Summary
Current 21st Century Community Learning Center Grantees
2015-16 Fiscal presentation
Professional Development Opportunities
Newsletter Archive


Contact Sue Burgard at 605-773-5238, or Jill Cotton at 605-295-3876 with any questions regarding the 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant or application process.